Theatre for a New Audience presents ‘Open Books’

Called “a daring and rigorous historical reinterpretation that defies critical consensus on Artaud” and “profoundly original” by critics, Kimberly Jannarone’s unflinching book “Artaud and His Doubles” (University of Michigan Press, 2012) explores the surprisingly deep and troubling connections between Antonin Artaud’s works and fascism.


Bed-Stuy music studio to celebrate 100th birthday of longtime teacher

L. Elsie Cumberbatch Graham (1914-1999) was a beloved music teacher and mentor who for decades taught piano, voice and organ in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. On March 23, former music students and members of the youth and juniors of Mu-Te-Or (the Brooklyn Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians) will celebrate Graham’s 100th birthday at the Patricia F. Robinson Music Studio (590 Madison Street, between Lewis at Stuyvesant Avenues, at 4 p.m.)


Aesthetic Sensibilities Mauled … by Atlantic Center Mall

Atlantic Center Mall: Ugliness that stands the test of time?

A commenter on, JustLiveHere, nominated Forest City Ratner's drab Fort Greene shopping center as one of Brooklyn's Ugliest Buildings.


Fourth Avenue Developments: 'A Blight Upon the Neighborhood'

Fugly, fugly Fourth Avenue.

Two readers called out nearly all the new apartment buildings on the section of the busy thoroughfare between Flatbush Avenue and the Prospect Expressway as the worst of the worst.

“Even uglier than those teardowns in Midwood, Mill Basin, Brighton Beach,” SkillSets wrote on of the pricey housing that has sprouted on the avenue that divides Park Slope and Gowanus.  


'Alien Spaceship' at 509 Myrtle Ave.

This picture is not Photoshopped.

The red-brick rowhouse down below and the concrete cube up above really are part of one and the same apartment building. writer Jeremiah Budin nominated this Clinton Hill curiosity with its mismatched top and bottom for our Ugliest Buildings contest.


85 Cornelia St.: Purple Haze All in My Brain

Those jagged purple stripes could give you vertigo.

Lavender Manor is what developer Abe Greene calls the Bushwick rental-apartment building that he covered in the color purple. calls it “Willy Wonka's sock.”

One of the website's writers, Jeremiah Budin, gave our Ugliest Buildings contest a thumbs-up – and suggested the crazy-colored Cornelia Street building as a nominee.


From Brookline to Brooklyn: 'Science on Screen’ comes to BAM

For the second year in a row, BAMcinematek will take part in  “Science on Screen” on Monday, March 31, when it will show “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” featuring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey as an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories – only to fall in love again.

The film will be followed by a discussion on emotion and memory by Joseph LeDoux, director of the Emotional Brain Institute at New York University.


Long Island College Hospital bids submitted Wednesday; three hospital proposals in the mix

Win, lose or draw, the developers, financiers and medical teams competing in the bidding war for Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital (LICH) submitted their final and best proposals to SUNY on Wednesday, March 19.

That wraps phase one for SUNY’s reissued Request for Proposals (RFP), painstakingly drawn up after a ferocious legal battle waged by community members, local officials and employees to keep LICH open as a full service hospital.


Brooklyn Historical Society’s Annual Library Dinner celebrates local history, embraces Brooklyn’s future

“We have so many great things to celebrate in Brooklyn,” remarked Councilman Carlos Menchaca last Thursday at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s (BHS) 10th Annual Library Dinner. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of BHS’s founding, the event began with a cocktail hour, after which a delicious dinner was served in the exquisite Othmer Library space.


Nature lovers: Trim ivy and mulch the Brooklyn Greenway this Sunday

Want to work in the sun with conservation-minded folks and beautify the Brooklyn Greenway this Sunday?

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) on March 23 to help remove invasive English ivy that's strangling trees along two sections of the Brooklyn Greenway at Columbia Street and Atlantic Avenue.



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